I think I have pretty much written enough about Adam the man. But I need to say some more concerning the woman.
To recap briefly, the Bible, as previously stated, gives us 11 scripture verses revealing Adam’s sin and culpability concerning the ‘fall’ account of Genesis contrasted with the total of 3 scripture verses concerning the woman’s fall into sin, via deception. Though scripture doesn’t explicitly say Adam was a part of thedeception in her eating of the fruit (verses clearly identify the serpent as deceiving her) there is room to wonder with his involvement because of:
the text within the Genesis account indicating all was not well with Adam’s heart toward God (Gen 2:18).
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 1 John 2:16
lust -epithymiaGk1939 –From epithumeo means a longing (especially for what is forbidden) – concupiscence, desire, lust (after). (SEConcordance) (HELPS Word-studies: “passionate desire”–properly, passion built on strong feelings (urges) that can be positive or negative).
boastful pride –alazoneia Gk212 – From alazon; braggadocio, i.e. (by implication) self-confidence — boasting, pride. (SEConcordance) (alazonGk213 – (a masculine noun) – properly, a wandering vagrant (vagabond), boasting to anyone who is foolish enough to take him seriously! This kind of person claims many things he can’t really do, so he must always keep moving on to new, naive listeners. [As a masculine noun, 213 (alazṓn) tends to focus on the source of the empty boasting, i.e. the sinful arrogance that drives it.] Helps Word-studies)
1 John 2:16 is often quoted as the New Testament’s parallel to the woman’s reasoning in Genesis 3:6. She ‘…saw that the tree was good for food (lust of the flesh), and that it was a delight to the eyes (lust of the eyes), and that the tree was desirable to make one wise (boastful pride of life)…’ as explanation for her fall… Continue reading →
‘When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate…’
The woman knows –by seeing – that the fruit can be touched without any harm to her –and that it is good for food. She also sees that it a ‘delight to the eyes’ –similar words as used in Genesis 2:9 to describe the trees made by YeHoWaH Elohim –‘pleasing to the sight/in appearance and good for food’. Again evidence confirmed by her natural eyes – the serpent thus strengthening her reasoning by way of the flesh. Two counts in favour of the serpent’s lie concerning God’s intention for them. Two things she has (so far) learnt by experience with her eyes of flesh. The serpent was right on both counts, then comes the third: fully aware of her design as an ‘ezer kenegedo’ the serpent dangles what appears to be a legitimate ‘good’ before her eyes of understanding: Continue reading →
Isaiah gives an interesting and relevant description that speaks clearly, I think, of Adam in Genesis. ‘… YeHoWaH will cut off from Israel both head and tail, … the elders and dignitaries (honorable men) are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray (swallowed up/engulfed).’ Isaiah 9:14-16Continue reading →
We need to understand what Eve was missing of YeHoWaH Elohim’s command, and what was added, as to why she was so vulnerable to being deceived. Please access the pdf comparison chart here from the last post. My comments will work their way down the chart.
Firstly the command was given to Adam. This may be a possible explanation as to why nothing happened when she ate of the fruit, the consequences only occurring after he himself ate. Scripture does say that she ‘fell into transgression’ but her ‘sinning was not like the transgression of Adam’ –her hand was forced so to speak – being tricked/deceived into breaking the command whereas his was a deliberate action.
With the previous (Tradition or the Bible – your choice) post’s scripture references to both Adam’s and Eve’s culpability in the ‘Fall’ scenario we need to revisit Genesis with fresh eyes, determining within ourselves not to add any more than what the scripture alone gives us. The Bible states sin entered the world through Adam and his disobedience was clearly and repeatedly identified as the origin by which mankind were made sinners (including Eve) in the sight of God and its consequence of death now our reality. Indeed Eve was made a sinner and by her own hand she broke God’s command but it was not from a disobedient heart, scripture is emphatic she was deceived into trespassing the command given, (and God did not hold her accountable for the tresspass.) Scripture identifies the serpent deceived her – with her own words (Gen 3:13) and Paul’s confirming in 2 Cor 11:4.Continue reading →
Eve has had more than a bit of ‘bad rap’. She has for centuries -even milleniums been held as the cause for Adam’s fall. ‘If she hadn’t eaten’ has been the inspiration for many seemingly popular though tiring jokes spicing up sermons and mixed gatherings over the years. Here’s three of the ‘clean’ jokes on the internet:
Woman – “where would you be without us women?” Man – “In the garden of Eden.”
God made Adam & He rested. Then he made Eve. Since then — No one’s rested!
Q. What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden ? A. Your mother ate us out of house and home.
Cheap shots that linger and continue in confirming the traditional understanding as opposed to the biblical.
As the basis for the next couple of posts dealing with the Genesis fall, I want to present scripture’s commentary of the woman and of Adam concerning the breaking of YeHoWaH Elohim’s command. Continue reading →